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Brooklyn Today for May 6

George Clooney, photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 124th day of the year.

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The New York Landmarks Conservancy is honoring the winners of the 24th Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards today at 6:30 p.m. at the Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Williamsburg. The awards recognizes individual leadership and outstanding preservation work that provides jobs, promotes tourism, maintains beloved institutions and protects the character of the city. Brooklyn projects receiving awards this year are the Green-Wood Cemetery Gatehouse, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, the Duffy Residence in Brooklyn Heights and the Engelhardt Addition to the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in Greenpoint. (See more on page 11) … Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene is partnering with St. Joseph’s College to present Colson Whitehead in conversation with Nathan Englander. The two celebrated authors will be launching Whitehead’s new book “The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death.” The free event is at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s College’s Tuohy Auditorium.

 

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Notable people born on this day include Oscar-winning actor George Clooney, who was born in Lexington, Ky., in 1960; Brooklyn-born “Precious” actress Gabourey Sidibe, who is turning 31; Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run on this day in 1915, as a player for the Boston Red Sox against a game against the New York Yankees in New York.

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It is the birthday of Lord Buddha in China. Religious observances are held in Buddhist temples, and Buddha’s statue is bathed. Annually, this day is held on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month in China.

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Sigmund Freud was born on this day in 1856. The Austrian physician was born in Freiberg, Moravia. He was the founder of psychoanalysis. He died in London in 1939.

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It is the anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster. At 7:20 p.m., the dirigible Hindenberg exploded as it approached the mooring mast at Lakehurst, N.J., after a transatlantic voyage. Of its 97 passengers and crew, 36 died in the accident, which ended the dream of mass transportation via dirigible.

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It is National Nurses Week, a week to honor the outstanding efforts of nurses everywhere to strengthen the health of the nation. The week ends on May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

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It is the birth anniversary of John Penn, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was born in Caroline Country, Va. He died in 1788.

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It is the anniversary of the Sack of Rome in 1527. The Sack of Rome ended the Renaissance. As part of a series of wars between the Hapsburg Empire and the French monarchy, German troops killed some 34,000 inhabitants of Rome and looted works of art and libraries. Pope Clement VII, who supported the French, was imprisoned at the Castel St. Angelo. Nearly a year passed before order could be restored in the city.

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On this day in 1890 the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “In Fine Shape,” which discussed local sports. The Bridegrooms (who later became the Dodgers), the paper reported, had played the New York Giants at Washington Park in Park Slope the day before. The game had “attracted the most fashionable attendance of ladies of any game this season, and they were gratified by seeing the home team win with ease and celerity, as the game only occupied an hour and forty minutes. It was virtually won in the first three innings of the contest. The third inning ending with the score at 7 to 2 in Brooklyn’s favor, after which only a single run on each side was added to the score.”

 

May 6, 2014 - 8:00am


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